Aishiteru – Where Love Blossoms

Feel the love in the air on a special trip to Japan with your significant other! Other than the usual ramen, bonsai gardens, tea ceremony, onsen, springtime cherry blossoms (and the list goes on), Japan has so much more to offer to you. Let W&T guide you through the top 3 fun places to visit in Japan, a perfect destination for the most reinvigorating honeymoon experience!

1) Nara Park

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Picture from mttstravel.com

One of the major attractions of Nara, an ancient city with historic temples and shrines, is the Nara Park (奈良公園) where adorable and friendly deer are always ready to greet you! The park is home to nearly 1,200 freely roaming deer. These beautiful animals are considered to be the messengers of the gods according to Japanese legend, hence they are regarded sacred. They are seen as a natural treasure, and their amazingly tame nature has captured the hearts of many locals and tourists alike. There are stalls that sell exclusive deer crackers around the vicinity of the park, so you can purchase some and feed them. Adapting to the Japanese custom of bowing, some deer will even bow to visitors to ask to be fed! Have a wonderful day walking hand-in-hand with your significant other and have these deer follow you from behind as you stroll along the park. What a cute and fascinating sight!

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Picture from japan-guide.com

You can also visit the nearby Todaiji Temple (東大寺) at 500 yen (S$6.30) per ticket. It is one of Japan’s most historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. There is a spacious courtyard where you can walk on flower-lined pathway all the way to the world’s largest wooden building known as the Great Buddha Hall. You and your significant other can try your luck on passing through a thick wooden column tunnel. People who managed to pass through are said to be able to achieve enlightenment!

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Picture from japan-guide.com

There is the Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) in the area as well, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”. It is popular for the many bronze and stone lanterns leading up to the shrine. The outer area is free-of-charge, but there is a fee of 500 yen (S$6.30) if you want to have a look at the inner area of the shrine.

2) Kiyomizu Temple

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Picture from japan-guide.com

Make a trip down to the ever timeless Kiyomizudera (清水寺) – which literally means “Pure Water Temple”, situated in Kyoto, Japan. The temple derived its name from the pure waters of the Otowa Waterfall within the premise itself, and is one of the recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kiyomizudera is renowned for its huge veranda that juts out from the main hall over the hillside, supported by 13-metre high wooden columns. This impressive architecture was built entirely without the use of nails! Standing on the veranda allows you and your significant other to bask in an astounding, colourful view of blooming cherry and maple trees in spring and fall, as well as the picturesque view overlooking the Kyoto city.

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Picture from peterlamphotography.com

Behind the main hall is the notable Jishu Shrine dedicated to Okuninushino-Mikoto – a god of love and matchmaking. You and your significant other can drop by and pray for everlasting happiness together. While the both of you are there, why not try walking between a pair of “love stones” placed 18 metres apart, just for the fun of it? Legend has it that if you are successful in finding your way from one stone to the other with your eyes closed, you will have luck in finding love. If you require guidance in moving between the stones, it is believed that you will also need an intermediary in your love life.

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Picture from en.japantravel.com

If you are at the Kiyomizudera, you definitely can’t give drinking water from the Otowa Waterfall a miss! The Otowa Waterfall is situated at the bottom of the Kiyomizudera’s main hall. Water flows out in three separate streams which bestow you with love, longevity, and academic success, when you drink from the respective stream. Visitors can collect and drink from the waterfall using cups attached to long poles. Do as the locals do, and be granted a healthy and long life together as a couple!

You can then end your day by watching the sunset in this auspicious temple with your loved one, the most romantic way to bless your marriage with eternal bliss! Whether you are here at the Kiyomizudera to admire the breathtaking views, pray for a successful love life, or good health in general, this is one site in Japan that will keep you spellbound and enthralled.

3) Lake Yamanaka

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Picture from mt-fuji.gr.jp

Mount Fuji (富士山) is one of the must-visit destinations if you’re travelling to Japan! However, do you know that the volcanic mountain is surrounded by a cluster of lakes named Fuji-Goko (Fuji Five Lakes)? You and your significant other can plan some activities around Lake Yamanaka (山中湖), which is the largest of the five lakes and is unofficially known as “Swan Lake”. It was granted the UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the “Fujisan Cultural Site”. The lake is famous for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, water-skiing, and windsurfing. If you and your significant other are not into water-related sports/ activities, why not get on a swan-shaped paddle boat or a large swan ferry boat with its head and long neck in close proportion to a real swan? It will definitely be very romantic to admire the spectacular unobstructed view of Mount Fuji while paddling through the waters! You can also take a couple shot with Mount Fuji in the background, from the observation deck of the ferry. If you’re lucky, real white swans may swim near to your ferry! A truly romantic experience!

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Picture from his-travel.co.id

The two of you can take a stroll along the shores when the sun begins to set. A few public hot springs bath can also be found around the five lakes. The nearest to Lake Yamanaka is Benifuji no Yu, which offers one of the best views of Mount Fuji among other public baths in the area. Get to choose between indoor baths or roof-covered outdoor baths surrounded by trees and gardens. You can then spend the night at one of the camping grounds nearby, and barbeque your freshly caught fishes!

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